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Health

Antibody-Drug Conjugates and Cancer Treatment: Making "Smart Bombs" Smarter

Significant advances have been made in recent years to develop therapeutic agents beyond the “blunderbuss” approach of broadly targeting all rapidly dividing cells, to ones that better target tumor cells; specifically to improve the killing of tumor cells while reducing collateral damage to healthy tissues.The first generation of such targeted therapies include the development of monoclonal antibodies such as Herceptin for HER2-positive breast cancer and Rituxan for CD20-positive lymphomas...

July 4, 2013 — Trevor Hallam
Sustainability

Questions of Environmental Health and Justice Growing with the Petcoke Piles in Detroit

Before you read this blog post, navigate to your favorite search engine, type in “Detroit petroleum coke,” and peruse the results for a moment (don’t forget to come back and keep reading).If you’re new to this issue, you might be able to quickly piece together a story about a “…three-story pile of toxic by-product…” that has helped “…Detroit’s riverfront gain national attention” amidst “growing outrage, and calls for action…” from “worried residents.” You may see that even with “…study results released..., concerns linger” and “…unanswered questions…” remain as to the ecological and human health risks posed by the growing pile of oil refinery waste on the banks of the Detroit River...

June 21, 2013 — Allyson Green

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